LEED / IGBC / GRIHA
and all major certification systems for buildings and products.
HI-TECH + LOW-TECH DESIGN OPTIMIZATION:
+ Energy Efficiency
+ Renewable Energy Sources
+ Smart & Intelligent BMS
+ Building Performance
+ Site Management
+ Construction Management
+ Water Management
+ Socio-Economic strategies
+ Indoor Environment Quality
+ Building Material
+ Waste Management
+ Life Cycle Analysis
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Go green + measure it
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The science of building design has evolved over the years and buildings are no longer meant to give just shelter. Buildings are meant to be comfortable, energy efficient, water conserving, material sensitive, technology driven and responsive to the needs of the occupants. New construction technologies have enabled the embedding of structural intelligence in upcoming buildings that allow restructuring of space as per changing requirements.
Planning a building requires deep intelligence into the mechanics of its components to control conflicts during construction and operations. Green building science allows the integration of structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire-fighting, façade and automation into the architectural design of buildings. Through precise calculations, one is able to predict the amount of cooling or heating required year-round for an energy efficient building operation.
This eliminates the age-old rule-of-thumb calculations that were used by engineers to size their mechanical equipment. True building physics allows the introduction of technologically advanced materials such as glass and walls – as assemblies of controlled heat transfer. Daylight optimization to ensure useful daylight versus just punched holes in buildings allows the freedom of expression required for an architect to create their designs.
New materials are being created and introduced in the market. Their environmental compliance is more demanding than ever before, with strict government regulations and environmental standards. Rising pollution levels and new forms of health concerns and viruses have forced a rethinking of the construction process. We are today witnessing a new revolution in the process of designing and constructing new buildings – one that is led by science and technology.
Ecoinch uses cutting edge technologies and building science to deliver design solutions that meet the current and future compliances and user expectations. Each and every aspect of a building is critically analysed by our team of experts to deliver buildings with optimum daylight, sound insulation, health parameters and thermal comfort. All of these with increased savings in energy, water, waste and materials management than a previously built conventional building.
Get in touch with our team today to see how your building can also be made green with measured results.
New buildings are spoilt for choice, with the vast amount of resources and expertise available to make them green. However, the real challenge lies in making the existing buildings green. Here there are more constraints and one has to work with what is already built and standing. This calls for greater innovation and expertise to produce scientifically tested results and hence green.
The team at ecoinch uses an exhaustive framework of tests and analyses to understand the current behaviour of the building. They then decide the next line of treatment. Be is surgery or oral medicine, the objective is to restore the health of the building. Some of the tests carried out initially include detailed audits for energy, water and waste through certified auditors. Mapping the complexity of the built form requires the creation of a digital model of the body of the building, along with all its components and systems (its organs). What goes in and what comes out – all is thoroughly scrutinized.
Once the diagnosis is over, treatment begins often by setting goals for achieving the level of health restoration desired. This is often linked to the amount of work involved in optimizing the building and is therefore linked to cost. If repairing a system is possible, that is recommended. However, if replacement is the only option, then that is the line of treatment. A business case is made for evaluating the financial feasibility of each intervention with the help of technology predicting the exact savings and improvements one can expect in the life of the building by making such changes.
Once in play, the building improvement process is put in force according to a schedule and sequence that allows the building to cause least disturbance to its current occupants. This period is closely monitored by experts at ecoinch and once complete, the success testing phase begins. A monitoring period of six months to a year is normal to observe how the building is behaving now as compared to the same time last year. Data is continually monitored and the building health is advised to be monitored regularly from now on. Empowering the operations team, this data indicates any discrepancy now or in the future to maintain a high level of efficiency from the building.
Success is celebrated when the building’s financial investments have yielded results and the building becomes better than before and continues to drive savings for its owners long after the changes have paid for themselves.
Doing the interiors of a building is very closely connected with the exact requirements of the occupants, their aspirations and personal preferences. We all want a beautiful space to call our own – whether it is the office, home or any other building. Interiors directly meet most of our daily requirements of form and function. Spending time in aesthetically pleasing spaces gives us a mental satisfaction and appreciation for the arts. Having our functional requirements met is another dimension of interior design. Be it the kitchen, wardrobes or storages, efficiency is required along with aesthetics and ease of use. Interiors caters to all five senses: touch, taste, feel, smell and see.
That is the reason why occupants like a personalized approach to their spaces and engage an interior designer to bring their dreams to life. Also, interiors do tend to be of a semi-permanent nature and one does feel the need to change or renovate periodically according to the latest design trends, new materials or even better lighting, or other factors. The ecoinch team understands this and therefore brings the latest design and aesthetics to life through their innovative eco+inch (green plus measured) approach. No false promises on whether the lamps will give enough light, or how to create different lighting moods, or whether there is actually any temperature control, or if the music is too loud in the other room, how will one be able to study in the other?
All these questions are answered through scientific calculations and three dimensional (3D) visual representations of the individual spaces. The best part is that since the ecoinch team is able to do this on the drawing board itself, the users can give their suggestions and make their spaces exactly as they are going to be. The environmental performance of the project is assessed at every stage and the carbon footprint is calculated as well: both in terms of carbon saved and comparison with similar buildings that use toxic or conventional ways.
The use of environment friendly material is not just better for the planet, it can make interiors better too. Combine that with the delivery of the final objectives of designing a space: user comfort. Through interior design, ecoinch delivers spaces that are visually, acoustically and thermally comfortable. The use of technology is done generously to evaluate each space for its performance on lighting design, glare control, sound control, and temperature control. Safety and security are the hallmarks of a good building and these are addressed through intelligent home automation systems that deploy the use of latest technologies such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa. What one gets is peace of mind knowing that they can actually see the inside-out of their spaces any time of the day, from anywhere they want. This also gives one control over the electricity bill and onwards to a sustainable and resource efficient lifestyle.
So, it is ease of use and doing good for the planet, seamlessly and without one even realizing it. One of the recent phenomena is that people have started to realize the importance of healthy buildings. This is actually the central theme of green interiors. From the amount of toxic vapours inhaled to ventilation and lighting, all factors are planned for and mitigated at the design stage itself. The end product is free from any toxins and is just a better and healthy building for the occupants. Need one say more? Go ahead and get in touch with the team at ecoinch to see how your space can get green interiors that perform as well as they look and feel.
When the requirements for occupancy exceed the scope of a single building or when a large landscaped area is included, the resultant plot of land can be called a campus. Usually a campus will have multiple buildings and a large landscape area as per local byelaws. When considering a single building, even when it is part of a campus, it still has the similar requirements of a standalone building. However, it is the interaction between the buildings and their surrounding landscape that really need to be addressed in the greening of a campus.
Within a campus, there are economies of a shared scale, especially considering the amount of open area, parking facilities, building services, maintenance personnel and the like. However, there are also limitations within the campus such as the non-availability of public transport, lack of individual decision-making for a building, etc. These challenges require aspects of city planning and urban design integrated into campus planning.
A green campus is responsible for the combined performance of all entities within its boundaries and hence has to maintain its own protocols for health, safety, security, maintenance, operating hours, etc. Integration of technology into the design and operations is vital for such an entity. From tracking the multiple vehicles on site to adopting efficient technological advancements, a campus needs to monitor data closely and in a user-friendly manner to maintain control over the performance of energy, water, waste, materials, construction, operations, as well as occupant health and wellbeing, meeting regulations and compliances.
This requires the adoption of digital analysis tools and creation of systems to manage the micro-climate. At-scale techniques are deployed to accurately predict and manage vehicular movement, fleet management, parking, pedestrians, outdoor thermal comfort, total security systems, wind movement, mutual shading, irrigation and cooling tower water management, among others. The team at ecoinch works out the complete green quotient of the campus in a measured format.
Additionally, ecoinch prepares the urban planning metrics to be followed for street design, layout of campus-level services, and helps the design and operations team to optimize the efficiency of the layout and road network. Use of cutting-edge technologies is recommended at the digital as well as hardware installation level to control and measure resource consumption and to optimize through machine learning in the process to create intelligent buildings. High level SCADA networks are deployed to integrate artificial intelligence and build a robust IT backbone for the campus. Performance can then be measured at appropriate levels and monitored with less manpower and higher predictability.
Such analyses present opportunities through the life of the campus for the facilities management team to decommission older equipment and commission newer, more efficient systems as per the evolving technological options available in the market and to make a business case for such changes periodically through hard data and performance predictions.
Public Transport & Logistics Parks
This category for our purpose includes airports and associated buildings, seaports and associated buildings, rail stations, yards and inland container depots, metro stations and depots, bus and truck depots, logistics parks and warehouses, and the like. Depending on the scale of the building or campus, the requirements include basic functional services, waiting areas, loading areas, offices, eateries and hospitality areas in addition to warehouse infrastructure and industrial workshops for repair, maintenance and housekeeping of airplanes, ships, trains, buses and trucks. The design and maintenance of the building or campus requires the integration of large structural components, lighting design, mechanical air-conditioning and other services. Due to the scale of such facilities, any energy conservation effort for instance will result in huge savings. Similarly, for water, waste and materials planning. Occupant comfort and well-being are central to continued operations and requires an integration with the buildings, plant and machinery to all act as one. This requires a deep understanding of the building to function relationship.
The ecoinch team conducts extensive studies to ensure occupant comfort in indoor, outdoor and semi-covered areas for thermal, visual and acoustic health. Consumption of resources such as energy, water, waste and materials during construction and operations are managed through continual data gathering systems and robust machine learning protocols. For buildings, the strength of ecoinch’s buildings consultancy is the best fit to make the project green and measurable. Other areas include movement-path simulations to accurately predict people and goods flows for varied purposes and accordingly advise the design team to plan the evacuation paths, movement corridors, number of mechanical transportation options such as lifts, escalators and travelators.
Large facilities may include multiple agencies and varied standards. Providing a central system of eco-friendly housekeeping, engineering, pest control, landscaping, procurement and stores requires the formulation of green standards, policies and procedures. National and international standards are followed along with the technological advancements for integration of IT for implementation protocols. Use of automation and artificial intelligence has minimized errors and improved the productivity and predictability of systems installed. Central monitoring of resource consumption can be key in identifying areas of excess use and thereby for operations to continually upgrade equipment and systems for increased efficiency.
For more details on how ecoinch can make your facility green, get in touch with them today.
Companies operate out of a portfolio of building assets that consume significant amounts of resources. The objectives of customer engagement, and building a brand that is seen as environmentally responsible, are important for the sustenance of business. Adopting efficiencies in their current operations as well as in new building assets allows companies to remain competitive through savings in resource consumption. The innovative eco+inch approach of green plus measured results provides companies with the adequate handholding to go green.
Sustainability is the need of the hour. With the global realization of this fact, there is also a sense of urgency to deploy sustainable means of living. But while the intention is good, much is still left to chance, or to regulation - awaiting social approval that enables end users to make a change to the way we lead our lives. After all, sustainability is a lifestyle - one that we shouldn't be reluctant to switch to.
Market and policy trends have shown an exponentially increased preference towards certified buildings from:
Buyers, Renters and Government Bodies.
How To Use Technology For Smart Buildings
RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Research and Development
At ecoinch, the culture of research has been the backbone of our innovative solutions for clients. To provide a set of comprehensive solutions, the experts at ecoinch spend a portion of their time in vetting technical details and in presenting their research at leading national and international platforms. We also participate as experts on panel discussions and as advisors to important government and corporate programmes – presenting unbiased and scientific research on key areas of interest.
Some of our past work has been on the following topics:
Innovation is a key result area at ecoinch and is seen as an essential part of our strategic consulting business. In the rapidly changing world environment, both literally and for building science, we have taken upon ourselves to keep abreast with the latest and greatest and to adapt them to our indigenous needs.
Quantitative analysis presented through clear graphics and computer simulation results goes a long way for a designer to confidently justify such features to their clients.
We undertake specific studies on client request to help them address specific problems related to building science topics such as:
Below is an exhaustive list of analyses:
- Climate /Shadow Analysis
- Feasibility of Green Features
- Design of Building Shading Devices
- Solar Availability & PV /Solar Hot Water Feasibility
- Wind Movement & Wind Turbine Feasibility
- Daylight Analysis & Optimization
- Energy Conservation Measures for green buildings
- Daylight analysis
- Electric lighting design (indoor, outdoor, emergency)
- Night-sky light pollution studies
- Facade design and optimization studies
- Solar Insolation Studies
- Wind flow analysis
- Site / building water management plan (sizing and footprints included)
- Site / building energy management plan (sizing and footprints included)
- Site / building waste management plan (sizing and footprints included)
- Thermal comfort simulation for unconditioned buildings
- Energy modelling for conditioned / unconditioned buildings
- Shading design and optimization studies
- Rainwater harvesting (sizing and footprints included)
- Compliance with 30% extra fresh air requirements above ASHRAE 62.1
- Refrigerant management
- On-site renewable systems sizing
- Energy-efficiency Aspects of Site Planning
- Luminance and Illuminance Measurement of Existing Buildings
- Rebates and Financial Assistance Research
- Solar Shading Analysis
- Daylighting and Lighting Consulting and Integration
- Daylighting and Lighting Simulation
- Cost Benefit Analysis through Energy Modeling
- Project Management and Energy Concerns Representative
- Lighting Controls Design and Troubleshooting
- Daylighting and Lighting Training
- LEED Daylighting and Views Credit Consulting and Submission
- LEED Daylighting Option 3 – Field Measurement
- Window Assembly U-value Calculation
- Envelope R-value Calculation
- Peer Review